LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Josh Burdette, the 35-year-old 9:30 Club manager perhaps best remembered by frequent show-goers for his shaved head, piercings and tattoos, has died.
“We’re so heartbroken, there just aren’t the right words for it, it’s just not processing,” Audrey Schaefer, a spokeswoman for the venue, wrote in an email.
Schaefer said Burdette, known by some as Josh “That Guy” Burdette, worked for the iconic D.C. music club for 16 years. Mourners on Twitter called Burdette “the face of the 9:30 club” and “Big Josh.”
Seth Hurwitz, co-owner of the venue, wrote about Burdette’s death in a statement sent to All News 99.1 Monday afternoon:
“Josh was one of the wisest people you would ever meet. When you talked to him, you hoped you would be lucky enough to retain some of that wisdom, but you had to make the effort as he never forced it on you. But every word he spoke was from one of the kindest, most thoughtful and well-cetntered [sic] folks you could hope to have in your life.
And then there was the fantastic joke that people that didn’t know him fell for every time. Here was this scary looking dude that was a complete contradiction of his appearance. I think everyone felt a little ashamed and learned from that.
We were all so proud to have him as our ambassador to the world. He was as 9:30 as 9:30 gets.
I’m pretty good at moving on but this one’s gonna be tough. There will be no getting over it, sorry.”
The nature of Burdette’s passing has not yet been announced. This story will be updated as more information becomes available.